Freshman Applicants

Welcome to the freshman applicant pages of the UCSB Office of Admissions. For information on applying to UCSB, download our Admissions Guide for prospective students in the column to the right.

Eligibility Requirements

Attaining eligibility is an important first step in gaining admission to the university, though eligibility alone will not assure admission to UC Santa Barbara. Visit the Freshman Eligibility Requirements page for detailed information on the minimum requirements for admission.

Selection Criteria

When a UC campus cannot admit all eligible applicants, as has been the case with UCSB in the past, it uses standards to select students that are more demanding than the minimum requirements. These standards, which the university calls selection criteria, identify students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and the capacity to contribute to the intellectual vitality of the campus community. Visit the Freshman Selection page to find out more about these standards.


Admission Guide

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Point of Pride

Demand for admission to UCSB is keen, and the academic quality and diversity of the applicant class are high. Fall 2013 applications from prospective freshman students totaled 62,413.